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Hey, Crunchy BTDT Mamas!

What did you find worked best for sore nipples?

I'll be making a water-based solution for cleaning his little bum, and an olive-oil based solution for any rashes. Thoughts on very natural or homemade nipple creams?

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With a good latch you won't need any creams. Wink I've had four wee ones and have never used a cream. You might be a bit sore at first.....but it should subside pretty quickly.

The moms I know who used a cream used Lanolin/Lansinoh. GL!

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Even with a perfect latch many moms still get sore (I am one of them!). I use this and LOVE it http://www.jilliansdrawers.com/products/formom/breastfeeding/breastcare/greengoopnipplecream You could always try making it yourself, they list the ingredients on the site. Plus it is great as a diaper rash cream!

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I never really needed to use anything. Lanolin is great though!

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Thank you, ladies!

Marcia - I'd not heard of that web resource before - thanks! I'm definitely placing an order come payday, because that is the cheapest I've seen a postpartum belly wrap anywhere! Biggrin

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Your welcome! I love that website plus the mom who started it used to live in MI and gave birth to her daughter at the same birth center I gave birth to mine so I very extra connected to it Smile
Anyway, another option for a belly wrap would just be an Ace bandage, I have heard of moms using that with the same results as a actual belly binding wrap. Just a thought!

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I used something maybe two or three times, and it was Lanolin. I used the rest of the tube on my daughter's bum later! Wink

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My own milk. It works wonderfully. Anytime I got sore I'd put some milk onto my nipples & let them air dry. That's worked better than any cream I've ever used or made, especially when I had raw, bleeding nipples.

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Your welcome! I love that website plus the mom who started it used to live in MI and gave birth to her daughter at the same birth center I gave birth to mine so I very extra connected to it Smile

Anyway, another option for a belly wrap would just be an Ace bandage, I have heard of moms using that with the same results as a actual belly binding wrap. Just a thought!

That's really neat! I've bought many things from that site over the years. And I also use ace bandages for a belly wrap, as does Audra. She has a blog entry on it - the link is in her siggy.

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I generally didn't need any nipple cream. I let my milk dry on them whenever they felt a bit sore & that helped immensely. If it didn't, I'd put a bit of lanolin on them.

One time I got thrush & literally had a gaping hole in one of my nipples :eek: I still have a scar/indentation from it. Along with all the usual thrush treatments (cutting out yeast & sugar from my diet, using a vinegar rinse on everything, sanitizing everything) I also loved Motherlove brand diaper rash & thrush cream.

And I tried using an Ace bandage instead of a belly binding wrap, but it kept rolling down whenever I'd move. It was just awful. I ended up tossing it & getting a proper one. Maybe it didn't work because I'm on the fluffy side, too much stuff to try to hold in? The industrial-strength belly binder worked great.

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My IBCLC friends recommend coconut oil for sore nipples. I had them this time due to tongue tie that we had to clip...still working on breaking bad latch habits from it!

It also helps keep thrush away.

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Hey Jasmine! This is what I used with every baby... it's wonderful and safe for baby!

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2908604

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I have a vit E ointment that I made that I use for everything!!! seriously, I put it on cuts, tushies, I even put it in my daughter and my hair after showering as an anti-frizz serum! and it works really well for sore cracked nipples too. I made it a while ago, so I'll need to find my recipe... I actually want to make more with a calendula infusion added, so I hope I'll actually go find the recipe. It was basically shea butter, coconut butter, olive oil, beeswax and vit E but I don't remember the amounts or the heating times... I'll try to find it.

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I just use my own milk. I actually have never put any kind of cream on my nipples.

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My own milk as well. Also taking a probiotic worked wonders.